Growing up, Katie experienced first-hand how a lack of support can significantly impact the confidence and educational experience of LGBTQ students. She co-founded UPchieve to build a diverse network of volunteers who can serve as positive role models for LGBTQ and other underserved students.
Katie is also Co-Founder & President of tech nonprofit AsylumConnect. She has led AsylumConnect in establishing the first online resource catalog for LGBTQ asylum seekers in the U.S. Katie was selected as the winner of MCC15’s Millennium Peace Prize at the UN (2015), named to the Clinton Foundation’s CGI U Alumni Honor Roll of social innovators (2017), a Mogul Influencer (2017), and a WP BrandStudio Influencer in the nonprofit field (2018). She has also been a featured speaker on LGBTQ rights and public good technology. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including The HuffPost, Forbes.com, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, and The Seattle Times.
Katie received a B.A. cum laude with distinction in Health & Societies from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Management Studies from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.
Amber Oliver is Director of the Robin Hood Learning + Technology Fund, a collaboration between Robin Hood, Overdeck Family Foundation and Siegel Family Endowment to transform learning for low-income students with technology. Previously, Amber was the founding Chief Operating Officer for GripTape, where she helped to conceptualize and operationalize a strategy to put one million youth in the driver’s seat of their own learning in 10 years.
Amber also served as the Vice President of Partnerships and Operations at Globaloria (now Proto and part of Carnegie Learning), an education technology innovation designed to bring computer science learning and build computational thinking among youth through game design. Under her leadership, the Globaloria network scaled to schools in fifteen states, empowering tens of thousands students and educators and winning many national and international awards.
Amber also managed UNICEF's global interactive youth portal, Voices of Youth, which she grew to three million members in four languages (Arabic, English, French and Spanish). Amber has also help positions at the United Nations Secretariat, The World Bank, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and led efforts in Bangladesh, France, India, Niger and Senegal.
She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Brown University, and has completed coursework in philanthropy at New York University.
Since graduating from Harvard Business School, Scott Garell has had over 25 years of experience in general manager, president, and CEO positions in a variety of consumer technology companies. Scott was formerly Brand Manager at Clorox for 4 years, CEO of IAC Consumer Applications and Portals for 3 years, President of Ask.com (formerly Ask Jeeves) , and President of IAC Search and Media. In 2011, Scott stepped into the role of CEO at Goodshop, where users and revenue grew fivefold under his tenure.
Scott’s current business, Garell Consulting, provides Strategic and Executive Coaching to help growth stage social change leaders and social entrepreneurs scale. As founder and CEO, Scott leverages 25+ years as a business leader, wide-ranging nonprofit experience, and heart to help social change leaders succeed. Scott has also been the Board Chairman for Juma Ventures for the past 3 years. In addition, Scott has worked with many organizations including The Gratitude Network, East Bay College Fund/Oakland Promise, New Story Charity, The Maven Project, and The Hidden Genius Project. Scott received degrees in PolItical Economy, Political Science, and Economics from CAL Berkeley and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Shanna is passionate about the ability for technology to accelerate social impact. In 2012 Shanna started working with social entrepreneurs and established her family's foundation as one of the first early-stage funders of tech nonprofits in the Bay Area. In addition to her philanthropic work, she leads product marketing at Compliance.ai, a regulatory technology company based in San Francisco. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of San Diego in 2011 and a Master of Science in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, in 2016.
Jay Rothberg had a long and distinguished career as a college student personnel administrator and association management executive. He served as a Vice President and Director at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for 26 years; the last 13 as the Vice President – Office of the CEO. Prior to the AICPA, Jay served as Assistant Executive Director and Executive Director of the Society of Louisiana CPAs and as a student personnel administrator at three private colleges. Jay has a BS Degree from The American University and a MA from New York University.
Peggy comes to UPchieve with 10+ years of experience marketing software platforms for companies around the world. Prior to jumping into the tech world, she designed training programs for nonprofits and was an early food blogger in the days before Instagram. The common thread throughout Peggy’s winding career has been a passion for showing how technology can make it easier to do something people have been doing forever.
She currently leads global marketing for Decisiv, Inc., a collaboration platform that helps speed the repair process for heavy duty industrial assets. Prior to Decisiv, Peggy worked at Silicon Valley technology companies tackling everything from e-commerce to big data. She currently consults for early-stage startups.
Peggy graduated from Pomona College in 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and a Minor in Economics. Her hobbies include jogging (usually toward a bakery or ice cream shop) and mixing custom cocktails (for photographic proof follow @peiliao47). Her dream is to one day live in an idyllic European town and be paid to translate menus into English.
Alen is a former high school math teacher and vice principal with Teach For America. A Cincinnati native, he is a Fulbright alum and previously worked in the White House. He is also an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School and the Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business.
Alen is currently the executive director of Carry the Future and a COO at a New York City based non-profit journalism organization. Soon, he will transition to serve as a management consultant with The Bridgespan Group.
Michele Marsh comes to UPchieve with nearly 20 years of business experience gained on Wall Street. Michele worked in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs, in institutional equity sales at Lehman Brothers, and she was a founding Principal and Director for Fundraising and Marketing with Sansar Capital Management.
Throughout her career, Michele has been thrilled to have opportunities to apply her business skills to the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as Board Member for the Archimedes Project, a nonprofit that works with social entrepreneurs focused on improving clean water and sanitation access for bottom-of-the-pyramid households around the world. Michele serves on UPchieve’s Advisory Board and serves on the Advisory Board of Bowery Babes, a mothers group in downtown Manhattan dedicated to creating community and supporting women from pregnancy through motherhood. Prior to these posts, Michele was the Chief Operating Officer and a Board Member with Art of Conservation, a nonprofit that helps children and local communities become conservation leaders through art and education programs. With Art of Conservation, Michele conducted fieldwork in underserved Mayan communities in Mexico and developed monitoring, evaluation, fundraising, and programming strategies.
Michele has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Areas Studies from Duke University, with a minor in Spanish. She is pursuing a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management at the New School, where she is also a graduate research assistant for the university’s Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative. Michele was born and raised in New York, has traveled the world extensively, and has lived abroad in Spain, Hong Kong, and India. Currently, she lives in New York City’s Greenwich Village with her daughter and two dogs.
Maddie is a software engineer and former math teacher with a passion for leveraging technology to help students succeed. She spent the first four years of her professional life teaching high school geometry and mentoring an advisory cohort in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, a chronically underserved neighborhood on the West Side. As the math department chair, she worked to vertically align the math curriculum and ensure that teachers were doing everything they could to prepare students for college-level math. Her advisory, a group of 16 young women that she had mentored since freshman year, graduated in 2017 and are now college students across the country.
After graduating her advisory, Maddie enrolled in and graduated from Fullstack Academy of Code and is now a developer for a software company in Chicago. Despite leaving the classroom, Maddie is passionate about leveling the playing field in education and using technology to bridge gaps in student understanding.